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Robertson promises to deliver NZ's first 'wellbeing' budget

Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 7:53 pm | BusinessDesk

Feb. 13 (BusinessDesk) - Finance Minister Grant Robertson has promised to deliver New Zealand's first "wellbeing" budget, telling a Productivity Commission meeting in Wellington that success as a country must include a social dividend and ... More >>

Supreme Court dismisses Hagaman defamation appeal

Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 6:26 pm | BusinessDesk

Feb. 13 (BusinessDesk) - The Supreme Court has dismissed an attempt by the estate of Earl Hagaman to continue a defamation claim against former Labour leader Andrew Little after Hagaman's death. More >>

Fearing Peace: Olympic Diplomacy in Action

Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 3:15 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Mike Pence was a man with a mission. At stages through the opening parts of the Winter Olympics in South Korea, he looked like a man on a mission. With diplomatic gestures flowering all around with weedy vigour in Pyeonchang, he was intent on fighting ... More >>

Spark doubles down on wireless broadband

Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 1:03 pm | Digitl

For over a year Spark has pushed fixed wireless broadband as an alternative to fixed-line internet. More >>

Slingshot offers unlimited gigabit fibre for under a ton

Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 1:00 pm | Digitl

Slingshot has dropped the price of its fastest unlimited data fibre broadband plan to a shade under $100. The Gigantic fibre plan is $99.95 a month. Slingshot says it is available in most towns and cities where there is fibre. More >>

Dragon Professional for Mac V6: Near perfect dictation

Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 12:55 pm | Digitl

You have to hand it to Nuance . The latest Dragon Professional voice recognition software is impressive. So is its business model. More >>

Time to take Apple's iPad Pro seriously

Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 12:52 pm | Digitl

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Hope for a 'Life Economy' - an interview with John Perkins

Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 12:25 pm | Joseph Cederwall

John Perkins is the author of The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man (2016), the New York Times bestsellers Confessions of an Economic Hit Man (2004), The Secret History of the American Empire (2007), and many other books on transformation. More >>

Curran goes back to the well for Chief Technology Officer

Monday, 12 February 2018, 8:59 pm | BusinessDesk

Feb. 12 (BusinessDesk) - More than 60 applications have been received for the newly created central government role of Chief Technology Officer, but Digital Services Minister Clare Curran has decided none quite fitted the bill. More >>

Govt targets ACC and Super Fund ceo pay with reform

Monday, 12 February 2018, 8:55 pm | BusinessDesk

Feb. 12 (BusinessDesk) - The government is to give the State Services Commission more say over the payment to the chief executives of Crown entities, including the heads of the Accident Compensation Corp and NZ Super Fund. More >>

PM's Press Conference 12/2/18: Matters Of State

Monday, 12 February 2018, 5:57 pm | The Scoop Team

At Monday's post-cabinet press conference Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was joined by State Services Minister Chris Hipkins to announce more State Services Commission oversight of CEO pay for crown entities. The move follows entities such as the New ... More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Barnaby Joyce, Sex and Finance

Monday, 12 February 2018, 12:56 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The insatiable appetite of Anglophone cultures for the prurient is of a different order to others. But it is an appetite tinged by horror, squeamishness and concern. Added to that such traditional markers, not to mention such markers as marriage, ... More >>

What's your poison? DoC's toxic shame

Monday, 12 February 2018, 9:35 am | Lynley Tulloch

Recently I walked some of the rickety tracks in the forests and coasts of beautiful Aotearoa/ New Zealand. Specifically, I tramped the Queen Charlotte Track and some of the Richmond Ranges in the Nelson area. More >>

Lauri Love, Hacking and Extradition

Sunday, 11 February 2018, 5:59 pm | Binoy Kampmark

“Horse-trading determines who goes to jail and for how long. That is what plea bargaining is. It is not some adjunct to the criminal justice system; it is the criminal justice system.” US Supreme Court Justice Kennedy (2012) More >>

Samoas clean up after being swamped by cyclone

Sunday, 11 February 2018, 5:35 pm | RNZ

Apia in the wake of Gita Photo: Rudy Bartley The clean up is continuing in the two Samoas after Tropical Cyclone Gita hit on Saturday morning. More >>

Australia maintains tough immigration stance

Sunday, 11 February 2018, 2:33 pm | RNZ

The Australian Foreign Minister isn't budging on her country's tough stance on the detention and deportation of New Zealanders. More >>

Keeping an Eye on Australia: Admiral Harris Goes to Canberra

Saturday, 10 February 2018, 5:23 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Imperial arrangements require decent overseer of subjects. In the Pax Americana, which is, in fact, rather violent, Australia is indispensable in the Pacific theatre. It offers land, facilities, and the means to eye future enemies and keep allies in ... More >>

Auckland's traffic snarl-ups: congestion charges on the way

Saturday, 10 February 2018, 12:18 pm | RNZ

Traffic congestion in Auckland city is increasing sharply and officials are pressing ahead with work on congestion charges. More >>

Downpour fails to dampen trans-Tasman meeting

Saturday, 10 February 2018, 12:13 pm | RNZ

A meeting between Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Australian counterpart Julie Bishop is under way amid heavy rain on Waiheke Island. More >>

Samoa assesses damage as Cyclone Gita strengthens

Saturday, 10 February 2018, 12:08 pm | RNZ

Tropical Cyclone Gita, which is lashing the two Samoas with torrential rain and damaging winds, has been upgraded to a category two as it continues to strengthen. More >>

German parties negotiate grand coalition

Friday, 9 February 2018, 3:48 pm | RNZ

Germany's two main political parties look set to form a grand coalition government under Angela Merkel. More >>

National Party sticks to current leadership

Friday, 9 February 2018, 3:22 pm | RNZ

National leader Bill English says he's "not surprised" his MPs have rallied behind him at the party's annual caucus retreat, insisting questions of his support are "not an issue". More >>

Housing prices set for steady increases - QV

Friday, 9 February 2018, 2:59 pm | RNZ

The housing market has made a strong start to the year and is likely to gradually improve over the next 12 months, figures show. More >>

Evidence for charter schools does not bear scrutiny

Friday, 9 February 2018, 2:18 pm | RNZ

Many charter schools will be able to integrate into the state system once their contracts are terminated by the government, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. More >>

Garry Davis’s Fight for Global Citizenship

Friday, 9 February 2018, 11:49 am | David Swanson

Garry Davis was a young Broadway actor in 1941, an eager understudy for Danny Kaye in a Cole Porter musical called “Let’s Face It” about US Army inductees, when America entered World War Two and he found himself heading for Europe in an actual ... More >>

NZ shares fall sharply again

Friday, 9 February 2018, 10:53 am | RNZ

The benchmark top-50 index fell more than 120 points or 1.5 percent in early trading, with only four minor stocks rising in price. More >>

As Iran’s women continue to rise… Woe be unto the mullahs

Friday, 9 February 2018, 10:05 am | Franklin Lamb

Following last month’s protests challenging Iran’s theocratic regime, including women across the country climbing on telecom boxes, taking off their headscarves and waving them aloft on sticks, police quickly arrested 29 women accusing them of ... More >>

Environmental challenges facing NZ

Friday, 9 February 2018, 9:06 am | New Zealand Federation of Freshwater Anglers

Water quality and availability, rapid urbanisation, and the impact of natural hazards and climate change are the top three planning issues affecting New Zealand in 2018 and beyond, according to the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI). More >>

O'Connor wants broad review of Fonterra's enabling law

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 7:12 pm | BusinessDesk

Feb. 8 (BusinessDesk) - Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor says putting on hold changes to Fonterra's enabling legislation will allow a broader review of New Zealand's dairy sector and whether it is adding enough value to the nation's biggest export ... More >>

America Finally Has its Mussolini and Military Parade

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 4:49 pm | John Stanton

Back in January 2017, I wrote that President Donald Trump should not be too hastily compared to Benito Mussolini, the fascist dictator of Italy who would come to an ignominious end. Well, I was dead wrong about that. More >>

Immortal (and inaudible) Bach

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 4:38 pm | Max Rashbrooke

At the risk of stating the obvious, the reviewer's task is normally to comment on the quality of a performance, in this case the playing of music. So much is straightforward, if subjective. The task is made rather harder, though, when it is not actually clear ... More >>

The Fear Driving US Nuclear Strategy

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 4:19 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

The United States Department of Defense released its latest ‘Nuclear Posture Review 2018’ (NPR) on 2 February, updating the last one issued in 2010 during the previous administration. See ‘Nuclear Posture Review 2018’ . More >>

Outing the US Empire: Trump’s Military Parade

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 1:57 pm | Binoy Kampmark

You only had to see him goggle eyed and enthusiastic beside France’s President Emmanuel Macron last Bastille Day. The tricolours were fluttering, the jets booming above in the manner usual for a lapsed empire, and the President of the United States ... More >>

Australia Day: An Inspiration for the World

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 12:21 pm | John Perkins

Whether or not to celebrate Australia Day on 26 January is not the real question. The real question revolves around perception. More >>

Oil Prices Ravaged By Financial Turmoil

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 8:52 am | James Stafford

Oil prices fell back suddenly over the last few trading sessions, dragged down by some forces beyond the oil market. More >>

Foreign Policy for Sale: Greece’s Dangerous Alliance

Thursday, 8 February 2018, 8:35 am | Ramzy Baroud

For a brief historical moment, Alexis Tsipras and his political party, Syriza, ignited hope that Greece could resurrect a long-dormant Leftist tide in Europe. More >>

NZ health service performs well, but inequities remain high

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 10:42 am | Prof. Jackie Cumming

A key focus has been on strengthening primary health care to reduce demand on hospitals, but there is little evidence of progress. from More >>

Time Has Come Today for Thailand's Military Junta

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 10:22 am | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand's coup-installed defense minister has offered to resign over his involvement in a worsening financial scandal which threatens to derail Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's chances of remaining in power after elections in November ... More >>

Is Fred Warmbier Grieving or Warmongering?

Wednesday, 7 February 2018, 9:28 am | David Swanson

Fred Warmbier, whose son Otto Warmbier, a student here at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, died shortly after returning from North Korea, is reportedly traveling to the Winter Olympics with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. More >>

Stop striving for perfection at Waitangi commemorations: PM

Tuesday, 6 February 2018, 11:24 am | RNZ

Dissent and protest around Waitangi Day commemorations shouldn't been seen as a sign of failure, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. More >>

NZ commodity prices lift 0.7% on month in January

Monday, 5 February 2018, 5:01 pm | BusinessDesk

New Zealand commodity prices rose slightly in January with meat, dairy, forestry and aluminium prices all lifting; the only fall was seen in milkfat products. More >>

PM to Māori at Waitangi: hold govt to account

Monday, 5 February 2018, 12:46 pm | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has delivered an historic speech at Waitangi, standing on the porch of the whare rūnanga. Ms Ardern delivered her speech during the formal welcome - a first for a female prime minister - touching on the future, her hopes ... More >>

TAIC seeks safety improvements at Wellington train station

Monday, 5 February 2018, 11:24 am | RNZ

Wellington's congested rail system is at "heightened risk" of collisions, with few failsafes and relying on train drivers, but is unlikely to see an upgrade because of lack of funding. More >>

Media companies move to appeal Court's merger block

Monday, 5 February 2018, 11:19 am | RNZ

Media companies Stuff and NZME are seeking leave to appeal the decision by the High Court to reject the merger they had proposed. More >>

Dame Patsy greeted at Waitangi treaty grounds

Sunday, 4 February 2018, 2:33 pm | RNZ

Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy has been formally welcomed to Waitangi this morning at a pōwhiri on the treaty grounds. More >>

Dame Patsy welcomed onto Waitangi treaty grounds

Sunday, 4 February 2018, 11:29 am | RNZ

Heavy rain is forecast for Waitangi as local iwi prepare to welcome Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy to the treaty grounds at Waitangi. More >>

State of the Pākehā Nation — Jen Margaret

Saturday, 3 February 2018, 6:39 pm | Network Waitangi Whangarei

This year's Joan Cook Memorial Essay by Jen Margaret, commissioned by Network Waitangi Whangarei More >>

Rain overnight help fight Chatham Islands wildfire

Saturday, 3 February 2018, 1:16 pm | RNZ

Rain overnight is helping firefighters trying to put out a large wildfire on the Chatham Islands. More >>

Baby jokes, warm reception for PM at Waitangi

Saturday, 3 February 2018, 11:25 am | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was welcomed in the first day of her five-day visit to Waitangi with baby jokes and a warm reception from prominent iwi leaders. More >>

PM to meet with iwi leaders in Northland today

Friday, 2 February 2018, 4:34 pm | RNZ

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's first meeting during her five-day stay in Northland will be with iwi leaders this morning. More >>

NZ consumer confidence rises in January

Friday, 2 February 2018, 1:36 pm | BusinessDesk

Feb. 2 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand consumer confidence rose in January, snapping a three-month slide, as Kiwis became more upbeat about the economic outlook, house prices and spending on major household items. More >>

National Socialist Furniture: Ingvar Kamprad and IKEA vision

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 3:26 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It seemed to be an act of counter-intuitive genius, one framed in a manner that could have been deemed both insulting and flattering. You, dear customer, would be the one expected, not only to fork out for a product; you would also be expected to assemble ... More >>

Four Bills Drawn From The Ballot

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 2:58 pm | The Scoop Team

• Psychoactive Substances (Increasing Penalty for Supply and Distribution) Amendment Bill Simeon Brown - The purpose of this Bill is to amend the Psychoactive Substances Act 2015 to increase the penalty for selling or supplying psychoactive substances ... More >>

Excerpt from The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 1:35 pm | John Perkins

John will be speaking at InfoReset Seminars, SKYCITY Auckland on 25 March 2018. For more information, visit: More >>

Intelligence Committee and Employment Law Reform

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 11:16 am | The Scoop Team

MPs today will set the rules the Intelligence and Security Committee work under and its membership. More >>

Parliament votes down Greens' cannabis bill

Thursday, 1 February 2018, 10:32 am | RNZ

Parliament has voted down the Green Party's cannabis bill which would have allowed people to grow their own medicinal cannabis. More >>

Newshub-Reid Research Poll - January 18 to 28

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 8:44 pm | The Scoop Team

Newshub-Reid Research used online polling and computer-assisted telephone interviewing. Some 750 people were interviewed by phone and 250 online between Thursday, January 18 and Sunday, January 28. The sample error is maximum of +/-3.1 percent at a 95% ... More >>

Green MP's Cannabis Bill Defeated

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 8:25 pm | The Scoop Team

A Bill proposing decriminalising cannabis for medicinal use has been defeated at its first reading. More >>

Sue Suckling replaced by Pete Hodgson at Callaghan

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 8:11 pm | BusinessDesk

Jan. 31 (BusinessDesk) - The founding chair of the government's commercialisation incubator Callaghan Innovation, Sue Suckling, has been replaced by the former Research, Science and Technology Minister in the Helen Clark government, Pete Hodgson. More >>

Labour will work with business over confidence concerns

Wednesday, 31 January 2018, 6:50 pm | BusinessDesk

Jan. 31 (BusinessDesk) - Finance Minister Grant Robertson says weaker business confidence in recent surveys reflect perceptions of the new Labour-led government, but he and other ministers will still be seeking to allay concerns. More >>